Foreword / Jay Ingram -- Introduction: Do food adventurers get what they pay for? the world of bizarre food delicacies -- Introducing Dr. Massimo Marcone: food scientist, adventurer, and urban myth buster -- Indonesia: Kopi Luwak, the rarest and most expensive coffee in the world, a.k.a. gourmet "cat" scat coffee, naturally deCATinated coffee -- Ethiopia: in search for an alternative source of Kopi Luwak coffee -- Morocco: argan oil, a.k.a. gourmet goat-dung oil -- Malaysia, Indonesia, and Hong Kong: "The caviar of the East": edible bird's nests, a.k.a. saliva soup -- Italy (Sardinia and Abruzzi): Casu Frazigu (Marzu): the world's enigmatic and underground cheese, a.k.a. rotten or maggot cheese -- Canada and the United States: the great American morel hunt -- Thailand and Mexico: insects for dinner? -- Inside the "CSI laboratory": food and food delicacies -- Taste development: case of nature versus nurture?